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Million Dollar Movie

Posted By Alex Belth On May 1, 2012 @ 8:01 am In 1: Featured,Actresses,Arts and Culture,Directors,Million Dollar Movie | Comments Disabled

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One of my favorite movies is also one of the better sports movies–Robert Towne’s directorial debut, “Personal Best.” [2]It is a coming-of-age story about a young runner (Mariel Hemingway), a love triangle between the runner, a veteran jock (Patrice Donnelly), and their hard-ass coach (Scott Glenn).

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It is an old story well told. Towne’s dialogue is as sharp as always and he is generous with his actors, especially the athletes who were untrained actors.

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Michael Chapman’s cinematography [5] is gorgeous. The movie was released in 1982 but has a late ’70s feel. Also, nice use of Billy Joel’s “Rosalinda’s Eyes:”

Well worth your time if you’ve never seen it before. Man, I’d love to see it on a big screen some day.


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[2] “Personal Best.” : http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0084489/

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[5] Michael Chapman’s cinematography: http://www.theasc.com/magazine/feb04/sub/index.html

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